Items of Current Interest

President William A. “Bill” Bautz Announces Plans for Gettysburg, PA 2018 Annual Meeting November 5-7

A photo image of the famous Peach Orchard, the center of the Union defense on July 2 at Gettysburg.

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The Higdon Family Association will hold its annual meeting in the Gettysburg Hotel, One Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA the week of November 5-7, 2018, starting with meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday the 5th in the lobby/tavern to renew friendships and greet new arrivals. Dinner will be at any of the town’s fine restaurants. On Tuesday the 6th, we will go by bus to the Military Park Visitor Center to have an overview of the multi-day battle and visit various historical exhibits. Lunch will be at the cafeteria. That afternoon, we will take a docent led bus tour of the battlefield and return to the hotel. Dinner is “on your own.” On Wednesday morning, the 7th, the HFA annual business meeting will be held in the hotel conference room. That afternoon there will be a docent led tour of the town of Gettysburg or free time to explore other points of interest. Wednesday evening features a group dinner at the hotel. (Note: Plans may change based on interest and attendance.) 

Bill adds a travel note: “Nearest airports to Gettysburg are Harrisburg and Baltimore, both of which are 55 miles away. Baltimore is recommended because it has many more flights.” 

Four HFA Scholarship Winners Named for 2018 

This coming year, four young people who have received Higdon Family Association scholarship awards will be pursuing degrees at institutions in Kentucky, Florida, and California. They all made good grades and hope one day to have careers in engineering and business. They are Elayne and Thomas Grant Bischoff from Bardstown, Kentucky; Neocles Higdon from Carmichael, California; and Morgan Nicole Leonard from Newburg, Maryland. Click on the blue link above for photos and more information on the four winners.

Death of Reagan Associate Robert “Bobby” Higdon, June 19, 2018 

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Robert Higdon, a close associate of President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan, who became a leading fundraiser for the Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation and later led foundations associated with former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and Britain’s Prince Charles, died June 19 at his home in Panama City, Fla. He was 58.

Jennifer Higdon’s new work Low Brass Concerto to debut in Chicago.

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In Chicago on Feb. 1-3, 2018, the Chicago Symphony under Riccardo Muti is scheduled to present the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Low Brass Concerto as part of subscription concerts at Symphony Center.

A co-commission by the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia and Baltimore symphony orchestras, the unusually scored work Low Brass Concerto also will figure prominently in four of the eight concerts the orchestra and Muti are to give as part of a five-city East Coast tour, Feb. 7-17. A performance of the Higdon concerto on Feb. 9 in New York’s Carnegie Hall will mark the work’s East Coast premiere. Subsequent performances are scheduled in Naples and West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jennifer Higdon, one of today’s most acclaimed and sought-after classical composers, wrote a violin concerto for Hilary Hahn which won the 2010 Pulitzer for Music. Ms. Higdon now has a catalogue of well over 150 works. You can access her complete catalogue at under Recordings near the top of the screen-page.


Headline: Higdon’s Store left its mark, an update about Higdons in north Georgia focusing on a country store in Fannin County and on the family of Leonard Dean Higdon (b.1828) and Mary Ann McClure, three of whose sons were postmasters during the 73-year run of the Higdons Store Post Office.

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